Marlon Brando knew it. So did Joan Jett and Kate Moss. A well-chosen piece of leather has always been an easy way to bring a little rock-’n’-roll cool to any ensemble: throw on a biker jacket with jeans and a T-shirt or over a dress, and you’re ready—complete with a look that says, "Nobody tells me what to do." But this season leather invites you to discover its more sophisticated side, appearing on runways not just in iconic motorcycle jackets but also trimming trench coats, inlaid in knits, and accenting gowns. Hermès even pulled out all the stops with a leather three-piece suit. Even better than its versatility, leather is a splurge that lasts: like an old Brando movie, a jacket or a sleek skirt is a timeless essential that you can return to year after year.
This article appeared in the September 2010 issue of Portland Monthly.